EDK11111 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ixe 'Spitfire for Israel'

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EDK11111 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ixe 'Spitfire for Israel'
Product Code: EDK11111
Brand: Eduard
WAS: £38.60
OUR PRICE:£24.50
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The Spitfire Mk IX was made from a Mk Vc airframe and a Rolls Royce 60 Series Merlin engine with 2 stage supercharger. It was done to provide a temporary counter to the German Fw190, which was vastly superior to the Mk V Spitfires. However, the conversion was a success straight away and it became the second most produced Spitfire mark after the Mk V. It was good enough to keep the definitive Merlin Spitfire, the Mk VIII, from being manufactured in huge numbers! There was also a similar Spitfire, the Mk XVI, which was powered by a Packard built Merlin engine. 
The Spitfire Mk IX and XVI were in front line service until the end of WW2 and some still served after the war despite the superior Griffon powered Spitfires and also the Hawker Tempest being in service.  The Mk IXe was armed with two 20mm cannons and two 12.7mm heavy machine guns, giving superior firepower compared to the Mk IXc. Many also had clipped wings for lower altitude operations.
Eduard are a Czech based manufacturer famed for their model accessories. They have in the last few years released a successful range of kits. The Profipacks contain a kit with several marking options, along with a Colour Zoom etch set, Canopy Mask and a full colour instruction booklet. This kit has highly detailed and quite possibly the best ever Spitfire kit in 1/48. There are markings for 5 different Israeli Spitfires.